Bottle Notes, Chardonnay

2007 Dehlinger Chardonnay – Bottle Notes

Dehlinger Winery is located in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma County and was founded in 1975 by Tom and Carole Dehlinger. Eva Dehlinger took over winemaking duties in 2007. Known for their Pinot Noir, Dehlinger also makes Chardonnay, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Sirah.

The grapes for Dehlinger Wines are largely grown on the Estate Vineyard in the Russian River Valley. The initial vines were planted in 1975 and followed by subsequent plantings through 1989.

Bright gold in color. 14.5% ABV. Subdued nose of lemons, green apple and vanilla. Rich and creamy with nice acidity. Lemon meringue, butterscotch, pears and minerals on the palate. This Chardonnay perfectly straddles the line between new and old world. The finish is exquisite. Drink them if you have them.

My rating: 92 points.

The 2013 Chardonnay was released this past Spring and is an unbelievable bargain at $40 per bottle.

Dehlinger Winery has a great reputation among wine connoisseurs. Wine writers have consistently given strong reviews while praising the winery for its uniqueness, quality, consistency and value. About 75% of their wine is sold via the mailing list. Amazing wines that are well worth the search.

I wrote about Dehlinger previously in the Zinfandel Chronicles Power Rankings.

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